Monitoring our performance
We monitor our performance closely and share the learnings to drive improvements in our performance.
Monitoring accident rates
We report safety data from October to September. Our Total Recordable Frequency Rate (TRFR) from October 2014 to September 2015 increased to 1.12 accidents per 1 million hours worked, up from 1.05 in 2014.
There were three main reasons for this increase. The first is travel incidents. These are recordable events that occur on the roads when our employees drive designated vehicles on company time or business and have a collision with other road users, animals or stationary objects. These incidents continue to be a priority for us, supported by the introduction of our global Safe Travel standard. The second reason is our acquisition of new companies with different safety cultures. The third is a major transformation project that involved the closing down of sites in the United States.
The chart below shows our preferred accident rate indicator for reporting - TRFR – over the period 2003–2015. While we no longer use Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) for reporting purposes, an earlier trend is presented here for comparison.
Please note that as a consequence of improving our safety performance over many years, in 2009 Unilever decided to increase the denominator used to calculate TRFR from 100,000 to 1,000,000 hours. The chart has thus been re-stated using this new, higher factor which has had the effect of increasing our current and historical TRFR data by a factor of ten.